Another band of arctic air is descending into the northern U.S., bringing a wave of frigid temperatures expected to linger for most of the week. Temperatures plunged below zero in North Dakota and northern Minnesota on Monday morning.
The polar vortex that gripped much of the country has moved on, but don’t get too comfortable — another round of frigid air is expected to arrive next week across the northern U.S., from the Dakotas eastward to New England. It’ll be cold, but not the life-threatening cold of last week.
A blizzard that swept through parts of the Dakotas on Thursday made travel treacherous and prompted the shutdown of roads, public schools and even universities. The National Weather Service posted blizzard warnings in eastern North Dakota and eastern South Dakota, as well as in parts of Minnesota.
The holidays are over, and everyone is back to work, having been off in some cases for weeks. It’s a stressful time of year, according to Dr. S. Charles Schulz, Professor and Chair of the University Of Minnesota Department Of Psychology.
A whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a “polar vortex” descended Monday into much of the U.S., pummeling parts of the country with a dangerous cold that could break decades-old records with wind chill warnings stretching from Montana to Alabama.
Hundreds of school districts, businesses and government offices are closed as an arctic blast plunged temperatures to subzero lows not seen in nearly two decades in Minnesota. The National Weather Service posted a wind chill warning through Tuesday. Forecasters say wind chill temperatures are expected to drop as low as 65 below zero.
Monday’s polar vortex is plunging millions of homes into dangerously cold conditions. Water pipes can burst, furnaces can be overworked, and carbon monoxide can build up if you’re using a fireplace that’s not properly ventilated. The CDC has a list of precautions that can help keep you safe during the subzero snap.
Anyone with kids is well aware that there is no school for all public K-12 schools across the state on Monday. Most Twin Cities private and religious schools we checked will also be closed.
Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered all Minnesota public schools to close statewide Monday as dangerous cold looms. Forecasters are expecting frigid temperatures to arrive Sunday night and stay through Tuesday morning. Wind chill readings could plummet to 60 degrees below zero Monday morning.
Even for Minnesota, it’s going to get cold next week. “Yep, we’re talking about overnight lows around 19 below, 17 below,” said WCCO-TV chief meteorologist Chris Shaffer.
The National Weather Service says wind chills in South Dakota are dipping to near 40 below. Readings hit 39 below in Huron and 33 below in Sioux Falls at 5 a.m. Monday. The northern part of the state has been under a wind chill warning.
With more people flying this year than last year for the holiday, travelers just want to make sure they’ll be home for Christmas. The wild weather hitting across the country has holiday travelers worried, however.
Holiday travelers in the Midwest and parts East and South were keeping a leery eye Friday on a band of foul weather stretching across the nation’s midsection that was threatening to mar the opening weekend of one of the year’s busiest travel periods.
After a difficult summer, Minnesota farmers are confronting a new challenge as colder weather moves in. The price of hay has more than tripled in the past six months, fueled by a shortage caused by a drought-plagued autumn and wet spring that diminished yield.
I was just thinking how funny it must sound to someone visiting from the south. I pop on television with a big smile on my face excited to tell WCCO viewers that it will warm to the teens Thursday.